No matter how successful you become, it’s important to always remember where you came from. Each person is a product of all the people and places of their past. If you become successful enough to be able to give back to your community, that’s a fabulous way to pay it forward. And that’s exactly what rapper Dr. Dre did.
Dr. Dre made a $10 million donation to his alma mater Compton High for an arts center.
In 2017, Dr. Dre gave back to his hometown high school by helping them build the arts center that he never had. The center will include a 1,200-seat theater and will be built in 2020.
— Compton Unified (@ComptonUnified) June 15, 2017
Dr. Dre (whose real name is Andre Young) grew up in Compton, California, where he rose to fame as a member of NWA. His Compton roots run very deep; their first album was titled “Straight Outta Compton.”
Compton Unified School District board President Micah Ali said that Dr. Dre is helping the school to build “the most modern high school complex ever provided to public school students.” He said:
“Dr. Dre has stepped up and partnered with the school district to make this vision a reality. A true act of giving back to the community in a way that will directly impact the ever-resilient efforts of our students to rise-up and succeed. A true act of leading the way and standing as an example to others of how never to forget where you came from.”
It’s truly inspiring to see Dr. Dre give back to his community in such a powerful way.